Any incident which harms an individual’s physical or psychological status, created by the negligence of another individual or group of individuals, is considered a personal injury by California and federal law. From preventable actions at work to negligent use of an automobile, individuals who experience a drastic change in their lifestyle by no fault of their own may have a personal injury claim against an at-fault party.
The Law Offices of Howard Kornberg provide competent, aggressive yet compassionate personal injury litigation for injured persons. As a highly respected Long Beach personal injury attorney firm, we bring 35 years of ethical representation to every case, understanding that no two cases are similar or more tragic than others.
Martindale-Hubbell gives Mr. Kornberg an AV Preeminent rating, which is the highest possible. As an ABOTA member attorney, persons seriously injured can take solace in knowing a highly regarded advocate of injury law is teamed up with them to get the compensation they deserve.
What To Expect After An Injury
Personal injuries occur unannounced, oftentimes without provocation. Depending on where your injury occurred, or during what activity you endured physical or psychological pains and suffering. As our Long Beach personal injury attorney treats all injuries as seriously as you do, we do not waste time gathering facts and building your case.
Our team handles a range of cases that include but are not limited to:
- Bicycle accidents
- Bus accidents
- Construction accidents
- Dog bites
- Medical malpractice
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Truck accidents
- Workplace injuries
- Wrongful death
If you have been injured by someone else or a company our law offices may be able to help you.
In the case of an automobile accident, injuries may be severe enough where victims fade in and out of consciousness, which may prohibit their ability to remember specific events of their injury. Therefore, we rely heavily on police reports, any footage we can recover from dashcams or street cameras, and witness testimony. Together with your account of events, we can build a solid case.
In the event your personal injury happened at work, we rely on similar information but often police reports aren’t filed; instead, we concentrate on other coworkers’ accounts of events, photos, or physical evidence at the scene to build your case. In work-related personal injuries, we can recover lost wages and, if your injury is expected to put you out of work for extended periods, our attorneys will fight for larger settlements.
Most importantly, people involved in personal injuries should expect a long recovery. During the course of your recovery, The Law Offices of Howard Kornberg will work to settle your case before trial, although we’re certainly not opposed to requesting jury award for damages sustained to property, body, and loss of consortium should facts substantiate the need for such compensation.
Personal injury damages that you may qualify to recover in California without limitation are medical bills, long term care, physical or occupational therapy, lost wages, lost earning capacity, pain, and suffering, scarring or disfigurement, negligent infliction (emotional stress), injury to reputation, wrongful death, and punitive damages.
Your Case Is Our Priority
Most cases are taken by our Long Beach personal injury attorney on a contingency basis, meaning the outcome will dictate how much our office earns. We realize that many people personally injured may not have the means to pay for litigation, which is why we structure our fees to ‘shift’ in responsibility to the offending party.
What matters is regardless of whether your case is small or big, our lawyers review all the evidence and interview witnesses to make sure you get the most from insurance adjusters and opposing lawyers. We do not back down from taking cases to trial in front of a jury if necessary.
To schedule your free personal injury evaluation, or if you have questions about whether your injury qualifies, don’t hesitate to contact The Law Offices of Howard Kornberg today. You’re under no obligation to use our services after your initial consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions
- I was just involved in an accident- what should I do?The best course of action to take immediately after experiencing a motor vehicle accident is to seek medical help. Then it is recommended that you call your attorney as soon as possible. For your sake, the attorney will take responsibility for the case from the moment you contact him or her. Your attorney will also connect you with medical providers that work on a lien basis. For auto accidents, your lawyer will navigate you through any and all legal obligations. Make sure you, as the party involved in the accident, take pictures or videos of the damages and the aftermath. It is important to write down and document everything you can because the more evidence you have the better the outcome for settlement.
- How long do I have to sue in California?Victims usually have up to two years to sue. You have to keep in mind though that the statute of limitations can be longer or shorter depending on your circumstances. Anyone who is injured in an accident is encouraged to seek legal counsel right away. The reason being you need to discuss your legal rights with a professional. This also allows for more time so the attorney can gather evidence and prepare a strong case.
- What proof do I need to recover damages?Any personal injury that goes to trial, it is the plaintiff who is usually burdened to prove that the defendant is liable. The plaintiff’s objective is to prove that it is more likely than not that the defendant is responsible for injuries. It is up to our attorneys to compile all evidence pertaining to the case which includes medical records, expert medical testimony, video surveillance, photographs, deposition and eyewitness testimonies, and written or recorded communications. Should the plaintiff produce enough evidence the defendant’s attorney may settle without a trial.
It is highly recommended to have legal representation for your personal injury claim. Our experienced personal injury attorneys are not easily rattled by insurance companies. So, when a plaintiff is legally represented, the other side is much more likely to agree to a large settlement quickly.